Thursday, June 24, 2010

Atelier Van Lieshout

WHAT.

drollgirl Atelier Van Lieshout, Wellness Skull, 1995, Picture 1

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Atelier Van Lieshout, Wellness Skull, 1995

Rotterdam-based design collective Atelier Van Lieshout is critically acclaimed for its subversive creations which transcend the categories of sculpture, furniture and interior design. Their large-scale polyester installations parody the functions of the human body, mapping its latent and manifest sexuality with overblown, truncated and distended parts. Wellness Skull represents the highpoint of this provocative aesthetic. The human skull – universal symbol of knowledge, wisdom, evolution, and eternal token of fugitive life – is transformed into a centre for indulgence and relaxation. The upper cranium houses a fully working sauna and the lower section offers a bath/shower facility. The pierced eye sockets provide ventilation on the inside, whilst delivering a dramatic haze of steam when viewed from the outside. Commenting on the bizarre functionality of this giant memento mori., Joep van Lieshout, founder of the atelier, states: 'the heavenly power is the big unknown, the death of the hereafter, the skull of the physical shell of the mind. The earthly power is an economical power. Money plays an important role in our contemporary society. Gradually faith loses all importance and is replaced by an alternative 'self experience', through travelling, sporting and wellness centres.'


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15 comments:

K.Line said...

This is beyond whack. Is that a bathtub in that brainstem??

Iva said...

wait. you mean to tell me you don't have a Wellness Skull just planted out in your yard?!

snort. lame joke. LAME!! LOL

ummm but seriously. WHAT IS THIS? and WHY? "The upper cranium houses a fully working sauna and the lower section offers a bath/shower facility. " hmmm. weird. WEIRD.

Prairie Chicken... said...

I kinda wanna get naked and smoke a joint in that...

Hanako66 said...

what in the what?


lol @ p chicken

Jennifer DeDonato said...

I'm an artist and you just never know what people are going to like. Some think this is just amazing and others think it's stupid. I bet it's worth a ton of money!! I can't imagine having that in my backyard but I do like what prairie chicken has to say.

Asylum Dolly said...

I'm with prairie chicken!

I don't really get it, but i wouldn't mind a big ol' skull spa in the backyard!

the spectator said...

For goodness sake. That's a big pile of crap.

todayandeveryday said...

I like it and I would use it. I would
~Dawn

everythingisjustwonderful said...

I pretty much DEFINITELY need a wellness skull in my yard.

Susan Erickson said...

I'm with prairie chicken too! any body got a light?

Nathalie said...

This is fabulous. Scary at first and a little bit morbid. But I think such a unique idea
*Nathalie

Char said...

hahahaha, it just takes all kinds doesn't it?

DON'T FORGET THE 'Y' said...

i actually love this. but what i love more is your new banner image.

Kathryn said...

Boy, this would be great to irritate neighbors that you don't like to build this on your front lawn.

I would be really cool on Halloween though, especially steam rolling out the eye sockets.

hope505 said...

...I'm kinda thinkin' I wish it was a little closer to the pad. I can't tell how far I'm strolling back to the house after I climb out of the cranium. *hee! Other than that, I'm all good with it!